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Aug 28, 2007 01:20 PM

Looking for good St Honore cake

Does anyone know of a bakery that makes a good one? I'm in the San Mateo area, but will gladly drive up to 25 miles for one. I like the kind with cake, cream puffs, a bavarian cream type filling and lots of whipped cream. Yum! Sometimes I've seen them with only cream puffs. By the way, how is St Honore pronounced? Thanks.

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  1. Dianda.

    Dianda's Italian American Co
    De Anza Blvd, San Mateo, CA, USA

    1. Victoria Pastry makes a fine St. Honore.

      As far as pronunciation goes, St. Honore rhymes with 'Quaint Yawner-hay'.

      Victoria Pastry Co
      1362 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: grishnackh

        I've had the Dianda and Victoria Pastry St. Honore, and IMHO Victoria is the winner. Dianda's version is way sweeter; too sweet for me.

        1. re: grishnackh

          Here's my photo of a slice of Victoria's St. Honore from a sheet for 50 servings.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Melanie, is this cake the same as the Sacrapatina cake that you had for Uncle's birthday???

            1. re: anna r

              No, the Sacrapantina cake comes from Stella and is decorated with amaretti.

                1. re: Cat Chow

                  Oh yeah! Much as I like the St. Honore, Stella's Sacripantina is in another class all together.

            2. re: Melanie Wong

              Victoria calls that a St. Honore? Where are the cream puffs? Oh, I see, one little puff.

              Here's what Dianda's looks like, this is my more my idea of a proper St. Honore:


              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                We only get St. Honore's from Dianda's. I'm not going to say they are the absolute best, but they are pretty good. However the best I've had locally (relatively speaking) is one I special ordered for my wedding from Paris Bakery in Monterey, California (they also did a Piece-Monte for me...that's the clear caramel choux tower you have at weddings). Both Fabulous. It would be worth the drive.

                271 Bonifacio Pl
                Monterey, CA 93940
                (831) 646-1620

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I think something between the two is about right, at least in my experience with the classic round shape from Schubert's and from Victoria Pastry. When I made it for a friend recently, his mom's "classic French pastry" cookbook from 1940 or something had a little picture that looked just like Victoria's and Schubert's.

                  It should be a round base of typical tart/pie pastry, with a ring of choux (cream puff) dough that is baked. Then individual cream puffs are placed in a circle on the ring of puff pastry, and the interior filled with creme chantilly lightened with whipped egg whites.

                  In terms of presentation, I think a single ring of cream puffs looks best, which also seems to be the classic form. Naturally, to get 10-20 attactive cream puffs, the home cook must make twice that many. Eating them is the only rewarding part of making this cake on a one off basis. It's ridiculously labor intensive and inefficient.

              2. re: grishnackh

                I agree with the Victoria Pastry recommendation. My wife and I had a St. Honore cake driven down to LA for our wedding and it was a huge hit. One of our guests had four slices at the reception.

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                1. Bay Bread Boulangerie makes a very good version.

                  1. Victoria's is the best place to get a St. Honore cake. My family gets one for all of our special occasions. We have been going there for over 25 years now so thats a lot of cake. Here is a pic of the last one we got, just last weekend.

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                    1. re: gtiariana

                      What a great memory that gives me! 20 years ago when my husband and I were about to marry, my office gave me a little celebration with a Victoria's SH cake and Champagne. It was great. We walk past it regularly when we're in SF and I always smile.